Houston, Texas is perhaps one of the most popular auto transport locations within the state of Texas. It is one of the largest cities in the state and there are several major interstates that run through it that carriers frequently travel along, allowing for easier access for customers and lower prices all around. Transportation to or from Houston is typically a bit higher during the summer months, as the summer shipping season is the most popular season and more carriers and more customers are moving along routes across the entire country. Typically when transporting to or from Houston it’s easier to ship to or from areas around Houston as opposed to the city proper, as it is usually easier for carriers to get into or out of bedroom cities or the outskirts of major metro areas than within the city proper.
During the winter months is a great time to ship to or from Houston, as more carriers are running southern routes than during the summer as the weather is cooler and it is easier on their trucks. Not only that but many carriers prefer running southern routes during the winter but northern routes during the summer, which means there is usually more carrier availability during the winter for shipments from one southern state to another. If you are interested in transporting your vehicle to or from the city of Houston, you should call us or fill out our free online quote form and get started on getting your vehicle moved today.
There are some pickup trucks out there that may be too large for a normal auto transport truck to transport, and even those that can fit on the back of a standard carrier will usually be much heavier than a standard car and as such will be more expensive than a standard car to transport. What a lot of people don’t understand about transporting a pickup truck is that the size of the truck will impact your auto transport prices in a variety of ways. As we mentioned, they are heavier than standard cars, but they are also bulkier and take up more room; sometimes, pickup trucks can be so long that they take up two spaces on an auto transport truck, which can also increase your price.
Overweight and oversize vehicle shipping fees are usually assessed for vehicles that are much larger than a standard car, and this can include minivans, cargo vans, SUV’s and pickup trucks as well as heavier vehicles such as recreational vehicles and boats. However, with pickup trucks the nice thing is that most of the time the increments are easy to follow, as most pickup truck lines have a “small” version, a “medium” version and a “large” version. The small version is usually $100-$150 more, the medium version $200-$250, and the large $300-$350. These are estimates and every company has different oversize or overweight vehicle shipping fees, but it’s a decent guideline for when you’re transporting your pickup truck.
Unlike open or enclosed transportation, which you can basically pick between depending on your budget and what you’re shipping and your timetable, flatbed auto transportation is used only as a last resort for vehicles that cannot fit onto the back of a standard auto transport carrier. This includes anything that is too tall, heavy, wide or long to fit on a standard carrier, and there are several reasons why flatbed shipping is not an on-demand method of shipping, starting with how scarce they are. Flatbed shipping is a niche service – most vehicles will fit on an auto transport carrier just fine, but the problem is that some vehicles can’t, but the number of those vehicles that cannot fit on a standard truck being shipped are not nearly as robust as regular vehicles, so there is naturally less demand for flatbed transport.
Of course, when demand goes down, supply typically goes down, which means that there are fewer flatbed shippers on the road mainly because there are fewer vehicles being shipped that need them. This also makes flatbed shippers more expensive, as they have to haul heavier loads, and less of them at a time; this means that they need to increase how much they charge to transport a vehicle in order to keep their trucks fueled and maintained and operating at peak efficiency. Your auto transport representative will let you know whether or not flatbed shipping will be required for your vehicle, and they will adjust their quote accordingly if they need to.
Seattle, Washington is a pretty cool city, all things considered. It’s located in the Pacific Northwest and is known primarily for its rain, of which it receives a lot. However, it is one of the largest cities on the west coast and a major transportation location and hub for the entire Pacific Northwest area. It grew primarily thanks to the port of Tacoma and Seattle, which brought in goods from overseas and was for a time one of the busiest ports on the west coast. Today, its tradition as a city of transportation is still thriving, with many railroads and transport companies located in and around the area.
When transporting your vehicle to or from Seattle, you should be aware that there are an ironically few number of interstates that run through Seattle. The most popular one, and the one used most by auto transporters, is I-5, which runs from Bellingham (which is north of Seattle) all the way down to San Diego, California, passing through many major cities including Portland, San Francisco and Los Angeles, to name a few. Shipping out of Seattle can be challenging if you’re heading east into the northern states, as the only major interstate is I-90, which runs through most of the northern U.S. and services cities such as Spokane, Boise, Helena, Fargo and more.
Enclosed auto transport is the type of transportation you want to get when your vehicle is really nice, really expensive and you can’t risk any damage to it whatsoever, from anything, at any time, ever. Okay, that may be a bit excessive, but on the whole it’s actually true – enclosed transport carriers only ship about 3% of all vehicles shipped in a given year because it’s expensive and caters to a rather small and select clientele. Unlike open auto transport, which is expensive but still feasible for most people considering just how expensive it is, enclosed transport is really expensive – anywhere from 35% to 50% more than open transport services on the same route!
But why? The answer to that is fairly simple – they only ship 3% of all vehicles transported in the U.S. every year. Their clientele is specific because not everyone needs the added protection an enclosed carrier brings. Enclosed transport is designed to protect vehicles that need protecting. Classic cars, expensive cars, rare or otherwise exotic cars – these are the cars that ship enclosed. The Lamborghinis and Bentleys out there, the Rolls-Royces and the Aston-Martins, those are the vehicles that need to be shipped enclosed. An ’84 Ford Mustang? Put it on an open carrier. 2008 Dodge Caravan? Open will work just fine. A 2013 Bentley Continental GT? Probably want to ship that enclosed.
The reason why we recommend higher-end vehicles for enclosed transport is because those are typically the ones that you don’t even want to run the risk of damaging, as any damage is probably going to cost more to repair than the entire transport did if you shipped it on an open carrier. Most cars aren’t worth shipping enclosed, but those that are deserve to be. It’s expensive, it’s a bit harder to find an enclosed shipper, but the additional time and money are well worth it for vehicles of such fine automotive beauty.
Chicago is one of the most popular auto transport destinations in the United States, which isn’t surprising considering it’s the third-largest city in the entire U.S. When it comes to actually transporting your vehicle to or from there, you should understand that there are a few things that are going to make your auto transport experience more difficult if you don’t understand what’s going on or you aren’t prepared. To start, moving cars into Chicago can get expensive during the summer months because of its popularity. When there is a backlog of people trying to get into or out of a specific city, like Chicago, it can create problems for customers and make the city ripe for auto transport carriers to jack the prices up and take the highest-paying loads that are coming out of a city like Chicago.
Though there are plenty of interstates and state routes that carriers travel on that run into and out of Chicago, actually picking up or dropping off vehicles within the city can be challenging. This is because most major cities’ downtown districts are comprised of narrow streets, tall buildings, and they are just naturally crowded and difficult to navigate. Chicago is easier to get around than other cities, sure, but it’s an older city that was founded long before cars and trucks became commonplace. This means that many roads and streets downtown just aren’t big enough to accommodate such a large truck as an auto transport carrier. If you need to move into or out of downtown Chicago, talk to your representative about pickup or delivery from the outskirts of the city or downtown area, as chances are a carrier would have an easier time getting there than into the city proper.
When you’re transporting your vehicle to New York City, there are a few things that you need to be aware of before you let your vehicle be loaded onto an auto transport carrier. For starters, New York City is huge; it has over 8 million people within its borders and it is one of the largest cities not just in the United States, but in the entire world. Its history spans close to 400 years and it has been controlled by several different nations in its lifetime. Because of its age, the streets are rather narrow and hard to navigate for larger trucks; this makes it difficult for carriers to transport into many areas of downtown New York, including Manhattan. If you are transporting a vehicle to New York City, you can probably save some money by transporting to an area along the outskirts of the city. Many carriers will actually drop off across the river in nearby New Jersey, which can also save you a bit of cash.
Transporting a vehicle to New York City should be relatively the same, price-wise, year-round, though during the summer months prices may increase a bit for a month or two as demand for auto transport services increases and more people are moving their vehicles. This is called the summer squeeze and it affects almost all ares of the United States. During the winter months there may be storms, especially snowstorms, that can affect the price or availability of an auto transport truck traveling up to New York City, but the weather there is usually fairly mild and as such auto transporters generally do not have problems transporting to or from the area in the winter.
Open auto transport carriers are the most common types of auto transport truck on the road today. You’ve probably seen them yourself – they’re the ones with a stack of cars on the back of them. They travel primarily along interstate highways and many travel across the country. But how do they work? For starters, open auto transport trucks use hydraulic systems to maximize space. When they’re not hauling any vehicles, you’ll notice that the second tier (or the top rack, on the back of the truck) is usually down. As more cars fill the truck, they will raise the top rack up to allow more space for cars to be loaded underneath, on the bottom rack.
Most auto transport carriers can haul up to ten cars at any one time. There are many regional transport trucks that can haul three to five vehicles at a time, though these smaller haulers are not as common and typically only service shorter routes. Auto transport carriers are required by law to be fully insured, which means that your vehicle will be fully insured against all damage during transport by the truck’s insurance. Any personal insurance policy that you may have will be secondary to the truck’s insurance. Every auto transport truck is required to have enough insurance coverage to cover all the vehicles that they transport. Make sure that you get a full copy of the truck’s insurance information before your vehicle is loaded so you know exactly how your vehicle is covered.
When you transport your vehicle with an auto transport carrier, there are a few things that you should do to prep your vehicle for the carrier so you don’t have to rush to do them at the last minute. In this blog we’ll detail a few of the things that you can do to make your transport experience easier and more efficient.
- Clean it!
You want to make sure that the cab of the vehicle is completely clean. There should not be any trash or personal items anywhere that is visible, and you should also make sure to clean out any loose change that is lying about. There should not be anything underneath the seats, and you should make sure to pull out anything from the glove compartment that contains personal information, just to be on the safe side.
- No more than 1/4 tank of gas.
Make sure that you don’t have any more than a quarter of a tank of gas. Gasoline is heavy and a full tank of gas can push your vehicle overweight if the tank is large enough. 1/4 of a tank of gas is enough for the carrier to load and unload the vehicle, and it’s enough to get you to a gas station to refill it.
- Don’t wash it.
This may be a surprising one, but we recommend that you do not wash your vehicle prior to it being loaded onto the car transport carrier. This is because your vehicle will be subjected to the rigors of the road, and having a coat of dirt and grime will help protect your vehicle from the errant debris that inevitably will get kicked up and potentially strike your vehicle. Dirt will also help save the paint and prevent most scratches that come from auto transport. Rest assured, though, that damage is quite rare.
Taking these tips into account will make your auto transport experience a lot better on the whole. Prepping your vehicle is the best way to make sure that the pickup of your vehicle goes quickly and smoothly. Your auto transport broker will give you your driver’s contact information, so you will be able to coordinate the exact time your carrier will arrive to pick your vehicle up. They will typically call an hour or two before they show up, so that will give you plenty of time to have your vehicle ready to be loaded onto the truck.